HC Deb 31 July 1946 vol 426 cc196-7W
104. Mr. W. Shepherd

asked the President of the Board of Trade when it is expected that barytes will be imported from Germany and lithopone from Belgium; and whether a distribution will take place in this country through the normal trade channels.

Mr. Marquand

It is unlikely that barytes will be available for export from Germany before the end of this year. Supplies for the United Kingdom will be imported by the Board of Trade on Government account. It is as yet too early to say how distribution will be effected in this country. It is not possible to indicate at present when lithopone will be available for export from Belgium.